The 11th century Bhoj temple. There is an interpretation centre that gives the history of the Raj Bhoj empire.
There are some rails around the rocks and some miss what this is. They are 11th century architectural plans carved in the rock instead of blueprints.
There is a view of the river that had a dam by Bhoj more than one thousand years ago.
Picnic with the tribe
Great for a family picnic!
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is a beautiful laid back 200 acre open air anthropology exhibit over looking Bhopals Upper Lake. The largest of its type in India. It includes the indoor Museum of Mankind, exhibiting human evolution, culture and India’s Tribal people.
Life size huts life reconstruct tribal life scattered over a wide area. A small cafeteria offers you chai to seep into tranquillity.
Themed ‘Diversities of India’s cultural patterns and the underlying unity’, the museum celebrates the ‘simultaneous validity’ of various valuable cultural patterns evolved over thousands of years. A gallery of tribal history from the four corners of India, it is appropriately located in Bhopal, as twenty percent of Madhya Pradesh population is Tribal.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is not only a living working model of tribal life, but hosts cultural performance and dance, exhibitions, artist workshops and educational programs.
In my frequent to Bhopal I have enjoyed spectacular performances of Tribal and Kathak dance. In 2012 hosted Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya a workshop for traditional and herbal therapies used by Tribal people, a three day Tribal dance Festival and a Festival of traditional Indian dance.
I was a little disappointed that the indoor Museum of Mankind lack panache. Spelling is bad in some displays and other auditoriums seem to have an unfinished feel.
I am impressed overall.
Sadly this beautiful centre is missed by most tourists .The regular cultural evenings are poorly advertised meaning that tourists do realise that Bhopal is a cultural centre.
Hours are from March to August 11.00 to 18.30 and September to Feb 10.00 to 17.30. Open every day except Mondays and National Holidays.
10 rupee for adults
5 rupee for children to 12 years or students with an identity card.
Foreigners pay 100 rupees.
Group discounts may apply for recognised educational organisations.
Festivals and cultural evenings are usually free.
Close to the State Museum of Madhya Pradesh, off Science Centre Road, in Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
The Taj-ul-Masjid, or Crown of mosques is, the largest Mosque in Asia and is a treat to see, as much because it is Asia’s largest Mosque, as for its beautiful setting in the Old City.
Madhya Pradesh is often described as a Gateway to History, and while the Masjid was finished 40 years ago, it retains an antique feel amidst the labyrinthine alleys of traditional Handicrafts, beadwork and high quality fabric.
The Mosque has a beautiful pink facade, and 18 story octagonal minarets are Mughal in style, built by the Khan Dynasty, originally from Afghanistan, whose Islamnagar palace is a short drive from the city.
I attended not long after first moving to the city, with my driver who wished to attend Namaz, and was warmly welcomed. The young men finding my poor Hindi a great laugh.
It is worth rising to visit the morning prayer.
The Mosque is closed to Muslims on Friday.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
The Taj-ul Masjid Minarest are 18 stories high and my Road atlas of India says Taj-ul Masjid is India's biggest Mosque. Other references say it is Asia's largest Mosque.
Whatever it is largest of it is a big Mosque. I visited right when Haj was in full swing and the crowds were enormous too.
The building of this Mosque began under Shajehan Begam in the 1870s was stalled for a century and finally restarted in 1971. You can see in the picture on the minaret were the new construction begins.
City view from Manua Bhan Ki Tekri
Manua Bhan Ki Tekri, is a Jain temple and pilgrimage destination. It offers tourists a panoramic view of the Bhopal lakes and city. There is a footpath or cable car to the top. Even if you do not go to the top (I did not go up) you can at least be aware of it. This photo is the view of Manua Bhan Ki Tekri from the Raja Bhoj Airport and you can see it from many different places.
Bhojpur-great day trip
Bhojpur is about 28 kms from Bhopal and a great day trip.
It was founded by the Raja Bhoj , and is an architectural feat with those giant stone slabs.
The magnificent Shiva Temple draws thousands of devotees and tourists from far, all year long.
Temple's structure towers to a height of 66 feet. The dome was never completed, yet the beauty of it is captivating. The dome is supported by four richly carved pillars. The architecture of the temple fascinates not only visitors but archeologists as well.
Considered to be a marvel during olden times, the great dam now lay in ruins on the western side of Bhojpur. The dam was built on a vast lake which is no more there. Huge hills enclosed the entire area from all sides, but two big gaps were there that were blocked by different dams. The earthen dams were huge with the bigger one being 44 feet high and 300 feet thick and the smaller one being 24 feet high and 100 feet wide. The construction of the dams was done without using mortar. The dams held up water of about 250 square miles.
Fun city, an amusement park, built in the outskirts of Bhopal is a wonderful place to spend a weekend with kids and grown ups, both assured of a great time.
We especially enjoyed the Waves pool, resembling the ocean waves. Other notable rides were the RODEO which my kids kept riding back to back till they almost passes out. Beware it may not be a good idea for the weak at heart. Also Family Dutchman, Go Karts were a hit for the children.
Decent rest rooms and sumptous cuisine at the on site restaurant made sure we stayed well tanked all day long. Lush greens and well landscaped gardens under shady trees gave us enough down time to recharge ourselves.
The site of the disaster
You can still see the site of the Union carbide factory explosion from a road that runs past it. The devastation is also very clear from a breif look at google earth.
Whilst not a tourist site in the conventional sense, I feel that that the senseless waste of human life demands our respect, in much the same way that we might wish to respect the dead on battlefield sites or concentration camps.
When the place was blown apart in December 1984, it sent a moral shock-wave throughout the world regarding the morality of big corporations. Some Indian sources say 8,000 died on the day and many more via birth defects and infection of groundwater ever since. Union carbide itself reached an out-of-court judgement with the Indian state. Despite that the ex-head of the corportaion remains a fugitive from the grip of the Indian Legal system for mass homicide - he lives freely in the US.
Union carbide itself still exists, and on it's website claims that 3,800 died that fateful day. It also claims it was due to industrial sabotage rather than negligence. This is a company that began by building a three mile tunnel for a project in West Vigina in 1927. The management wore mask on any brief inspection visit. The miners, mainly poor and black, had no such protection. Thousands died of silicosis and other associated diseases.
There are three kinds of boats you can ride at Upper Lake Boat club. The big Lake Princess Boat upper or lower deck. The speed boat or the paddle boat.
This is a place for walking. Near IEHE institution so students hang at this walking path along the dam.
Madhya Pradesh has the most tribals and the best tribal museum in India.
But don't pick up and play with the bow and arrow we found out.
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Van Vihar National Park
Drive through or rent bicycles at the gate. You will see lions, tigers and bears and many other animals.
- National/State Park
Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque in Old Bhopal was built in 1860.
Moti Masjid is often compared to Delhi's Jama Masjid.
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